Grand Canyon University

M.Ed. in Elementary Education (NITL)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Elementary Education (NITL)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Study Advanced Instructional Methods for Elementary Education

Enhance and refresh your knowledge in leading in the elementary and middle school classroom with the Master of Education (MEd) in Elementary Education program. This elementary education program, offered by Grand Canyon University’s College of Education, is designed to teach licensed teaching professionals how to refine instructional methods and expand their understanding of advanced content. The master’s in elementary education curriculum aims to cultivate educators who are well-informed and prepared to meet the diverse demands of both traditional and nontraditional school settings.

Benefits of Pursuing Your Master’s Degree in Elementary Education From GCU

In the Master of Education in Elementary Education program, you review prescribed lesson strategies and assess classroom and individual plans to improve student outcomes. Through advanced research, you can propose solutions to current issues in education, such as student literacy and teaching English language learners. Observational practicums integrated into your program enhance your ability to teach and lead culturally and intellectually diverse kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms.

By earning your degree from the College of Education at GCU, you are taking courses from a curriculum structured with a Christian worldview in mind. This means that your lessons are thoughtful, intentional and engaging. This also allows you to instill principles of your faith through your work in the classroom, such as in your practicum/field experiences and student teaching.

Earn Your Master’s in Elementary Education Online

As a busy professional, you have the option to pursue your master’s in elementary education online or in the evenings at GCU. These modalities present you with the chance to earn your degree without sacrificing other important obligations. You will also have access to GCU’s online learning resources and supportive online learning community of faculty and peers.

Topics Covered in the MEd in Elementary Education Program

The MEd in Elementary Education degree intertwines evidence-based theory with advanced teaching methods to improve learning. You will also be taught to evaluate instructional strategies for multiple content areas to develop a heightened understanding of a comprehensive education.  These areas include:

    Structured English immersion
    English language arts
    Social studies
    Math and science

You can also look forward to completing observational and practice-based experiences.

Develop Valuable Skills for Teaching Elementary Students

Throughout this MEd in Elementary Education degree program, you review the following topics:

    Principles, theories and research related to child and young adolescent development
    Using collaboration to increase instructional effectiveness and student learning
    Developing and managing engaging and equitable classroom environments
    Creating a foundation of literacy skills
    Planning instruction to meet diverse student needs and abilities
    Integrating multiple content areas into instructional activities

Career Paths for Master’s in Elementary Education Degree Graduates

As a graduate of this master’s in elementary education degree program, you will have been taught the skills and the knowledge to position yourself to serve as an effective educator. Graduates may go on to pursue elementary education teaching positions within public, private and alternative educational settings.

1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well.  Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, retrieved on June 28, 2023.

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree to apply.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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